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Poster: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid Date: Feb 4, 2009 10:25pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: The Goldbergs ( PD?)

This happens a lot. I've seen some 1954 shows being registed as "new" creations during 1994, is that even legal? I don't really understand US copyright as much as I'd like to.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Feb 5, 2009 12:31am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: The Goldbergs ( PD?)

That long after publication, you can only claim copyright on a derivative work. Like if they put it on video they could copyright the "new", "additional" or "editorial" content - company indent, the cover, the arrangement of the movie and previews, etc.

Registering a published work after its first copyright period as a "new work" is totally illegal. There are avenues to act against companies that interfere with the lawful distribution of public domain material under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. They call it "copyfraud" - claiming a copyright on material that either can't be copyrighted or has fallen out of copyright.

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